What started as intercommunal violence between Israelis and Arabs in the 1920s evolved over the course of the twentieth century into a full-blown civil war and open conflict. After much bloodshed and the dawn of a new century, what would a solution to the Israel-Palestine situation look like? Is peace even a possibility for one of the world's longest-running conflicts?
A one-state solution
Israelis and Palestinians must be united under a single, binational state. Both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs would enjoy the same legal and civil rights and live under a government in which both religions are represented.
Overcomes border issues
A one-state solution is essential for avoiding drawing up unpopular and divisive borders.
No progress has been made on a two-state solution
Negotiations on a two-state solution have proven ineffective. It is time to change tact and explore one-state options.
Agreeable to demands on both sides
The Palestinians want access/control of the entirety of Israel, and Israel wants to be the sole policy determinant in the 'state'. Where both Palestinians and Israelis are voters and equal citizens, both autonomy and access is provided to all peoples.
A two-state solution
There must be two separate, independent states, one Israeli and one Palestinian, each with its own government and full autonomy over its domestic and international affairs.
Both Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews would be able to establish a natural homeland.
Right to return
A two-state solution would solve the issue of Palestinian refugees who wish to return to their homeland.
The most popular outcome
A two-state solution is the most popular outcome for those living in the region.
There are already logical borders
The June 4, 1967 border divisions with agreed land swaps clearly define Israeli and Palestinian territory.
Israel and Palestine would form a mini-EU. Under the terms of the bloc, each state would have its own government but both governments would cooperate on economic, security, environmental and natural resource matters.
Everyone can stay where they are
Under a confederation, nobody would need to relocate.
Autonomy plus would allow Palestinians the freedom to control their own local governments and schools but within the state of Israel.
There is no solution to the Israel Palestine conflict
The political objectives of both sides, coupled with the current political climate, mean that no solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is available.
Without trust, neither side can negotiate for a lasting solution to the conflict.
Internal Palestinian divisions
Internal divisions among Palestinians make negotiations impossible.
No Israeli incentive
On the Israeli side, there is little incentive to secure a solution to the conflict.
The US is not a viable peace broker
The US is one of the few nations capable of brokering peace but it is not willing to do so.
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